As under the 2022 Secure India goals, the government wants to establish a comprehensive data protection regime for digital communications that safeguards the privacy, autonomy and choice of individuals and facilitates India’s effective participation in the global digital economy, the telecom department on 1 May launched the broad contours of the new Telecom Policy (TP).
There is big opportunity before all job seekers, and especially those who were rendered jobless after the closure of Reliance Communications and Aircel. Reliance Jio, the new entrant in telecom sector, is going to hire 80,000 new staff this FY. It has partnered with 6,000 colleges, including technical institutions, across the country to carry out campus recruitment.
In a latest move, the government will construct dedicated ducts along new highways for laying optical fibre lines for telecom and power lines. The telecom department and the road transport ministry have agreed for allocating land along the green field highways to the telecom department for this purpose.
On 25 April, the Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir directed BSNL to expedite bandwidth upgradation in 35 worst-affected Maoist districts on priority and ensure up to 2 mbps capacity within one month. This was announced during a high-level meeting to review the mobile connectivity issues in Left Wing Extremism (Maoist) affected districts of the country.
While the sealing is going on, causing call drops in Delhi, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) is set to earn Rs. 15 Crore from 3,000 mobile towers in areas under its jurisdiction as part of property tax on them. The civic body is likely to move a resolution in this regard.
Reliance Communications cannot sell its towers till April 23 as the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) has recalled its April 6 order that allowed the sale. The NCLT order of March 12, barring the sale of tower and fibre assets held by Reliance Infratel, continues for now.
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